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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
14 6674 .272 .364 .477 .290 40.5
Birth Date6-5-1967
Height5' 11"
Weight180 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1990 SLN 23 39 139 126 12 36 10 1 3 57 13 27 0 0 0 12 8 2 .286 .353 .452 .291 7.7 2.5 1.1
1991 SLN 24 151 615 566 83 142 23 15 9 222 41 114 1 3 4 69 44 20 .251 .301 .392 .255 18.6 2.1 2.2
1992 SLN 25 153 682 598 87 175 40 6 20 287 72 147 5 5 2 86 42 24 .293 .371 .480 .309 52.8 3.5 6.2
1993 SLN 26 127 495 407 64 97 17 3 7 141 81 111 3 3 1 45 14 14 .238 .366 .346 .263 15.1 3.9 1.9
1994 SLN 27 109 482 416 89 111 25 5 19 203 58 113 4 4 0 57 11 10 .267 .359 .488 .294 40.8 -5.8 3.4
1995 SLN 28 132 553 483 81 134 35 2 25 248 63 110 2 5 0 82 24 8 .277 .360 .513 .294 42.0 -5.7 3.5
1996 SLN 29 149 635 545 100 150 36 8 21 265 79 133 3 7 1 86 35 7 .275 .366 .486 .282 40.1 1.2 3.9
1997 SLN 30 133 565 465 94 137 36 3 31 272 95 125 0 5 0 98 21 11 .295 .411 .585 .337 60.7 -7.3 5.3
1998 SLN 31 154 626 533 94 156 37 1 31 288 86 151 3 4 0 105 26 5 .293 .391 .540 .313 56.3 -5.7 5.0
1999 SLN 32 122 476 422 77 129 32 1 15 208 49 110 3 2 0 63 14 4 .306 .380 .493 .294 30.8 7.3 3.6
2000 SLN 33 128 472 392 73 99 16 3 26 199 70 148 4 6 0 65 5 6 .253 .367 .508 .282 25.7 -6.3 1.8
2001 SDN 34 40 145 125 20 36 10 1 4 60 18 40 2 0 0 19 6 0 .288 .386 .480 .296 9.9 -1.7 0.8
2001 SLN 34 91 314 264 38 62 18 3 15 131 44 105 2 3 1 39 4 2 .235 .345 .496 .270 8.5 0.2 0.9
2002 SDN 35 81 240 205 20 46 7 1 6 73 30 61 2 2 1 26 2 2 .224 .326 .356 .252 -1.9 2.8 0.1
2004 SLN 37 92 235 200 36 51 14 1 6 85 29 55 2 4 0 22 2 2 .255 .349 .425 .280 8.0 1.5 0.9
Career17016674574796815613565423827398281550365310874258117.272.364.477.290415.2-7.440.5

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1987 JCY Rk 66 278 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .362 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 SPR A 135 605 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 ARK AA 134 574 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .342 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 SLN MLB 39 139 .291 .256 .322 .377 .257 .344 100 4.3 3.7 0.3 2.5 -0.2 7.7 1.1 7.7 1.1
1990 LOU AAA 132 552 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 SLN MLB 151 615 .255 .251 .314 .372 .256 .298 98 -3.2 16.6 1.5 2.1 0.1 18.6 2.2 18.6 2.2
1992 SLN MLB 153 682 .309 .250 .312 .369 .255 .356 99 32.5 17.7 1.6 3.5 1.3 52.8 6.2 52.8 6.2
1993 SLN MLB 127 495 .263 .262 .325 .392 .256 .308 99 1.7 14.2 1.3 3.9 -1.7 15.1 1.9 15.1 1.9
1994 SLN MLB 109 482 .294 .266 .329 .412 .255 .319 100 18.5 14.6 1.3 -5.8 2.0 40.8 3.4 40.8 3.4
1995 SLN MLB 132 553 .294 .262 .326 .409 .255 .309 99 20.7 16.6 1.5 -5.7 0.9 42.0 3.5 42.0 3.5
1996 SLN MLB 149 635 .282 .267 .330 .415 .254 .324 98 16.1 19.6 1.8 1.2 4.8 40.1 3.9 40.1 3.9
1997 SLN MLB 133 565 .337 .261 .328 .409 .256 .338 95 47.7 15.0 1.5 -7.3 0.0 60.7 5.3 60.7 5.3
1997 PRW A+ 0 17 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SLN MLB 154 626 .313 .264 .329 .414 .257 .352 99 36.5 16.2 1.6 -5.7 3.9 56.3 5.0 56.3 5.0
1999 SLN MLB 122 476 .294 .270 .339 .432 .260 .381 101 18.7 12.9 -3.5 7.3 1.0 30.8 3.6 30.8 3.6
2000 SLN MLB 128 472 .282 .265 .340 .428 .258 .326 104 12.1 13.0 -3.4 -6.3 2.0 25.7 1.8 25.7 1.8
2001 SDN MLB 40 145 .296 .257 .317 .411 .250 .395 99 5.7 3.9 -0.5 -1.7 1.5 9.9 0.8 9.9 0.8
2001 SLN MLB 91 314 .270 .265 .331 .436 .261 .320 101 3.4 8.5 -2.2 0.2 -0.9 8.5 0.9 8.5 0.9
2002 SDN MLB 81 240 .252 .260 .327 .412 .259 .286 99 -2.1 6.1 -1.5 2.8 -3.4 -1.9 0.1 -1.9 0.1
2004 SLN MLB 92 235 .280 .262 .329 .419 .263 .315 94 5.1 7.0 -1.4 1.5 -0.4 8.0 0.9 8.0 0.9
2004 MEM AAA 9 38 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .190 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1987 JCY Rk 278 45 78 17 4 3 32 19 43 14 11 .308 .368 .443 .134 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 SPR A 605 90 151 26 16 11 66 60 92 33 17 .284 .367 .455 .171 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 ARK AA 574 98 158 28 12 11 98 65 57 38 10 .317 .400 .488 .171 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 SLN MLB 139 12 36 10 1 3 12 13 27 8 2 .286 .353 .452 .167 .291 7.7 2.5 1.1
1990 LOU AAA 552 61 123 25 8 10 72 72 81 30 7 .260 .364 .410 .150 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 SLN MLB 615 83 142 23 15 9 69 41 114 44 20 .251 .301 .392 .141 .255 18.6 2.1 2.2
1992 SLN MLB 682 87 175 40 6 20 86 72 147 42 24 .293 .371 .480 .187 .309 52.8 3.5 6.2
1993 SLN MLB 495 64 97 17 3 7 45 81 111 14 14 .238 .366 .346 .108 .263 15.1 3.9 1.9
1994 SLN MLB 482 89 111 25 5 19 57 58 113 11 10 .267 .359 .488 .221 .294 40.8 -5.8 3.4
1995 SLN MLB 553 81 134 35 2 25 82 63 110 24 8 .277 .360 .513 .236 .294 42.0 -5.7 3.5
1996 SLN MLB 635 100 150 36 8 21 86 79 133 35 7 .275 .366 .486 .211 .282 40.1 1.2 3.9
1997 PRW A+ 17 3 4 1 0 0 4 4 5 1 1 .308 .471 .385 .077 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 SLN MLB 565 94 137 36 3 31 98 95 125 21 11 .295 .411 .585 .290 .337 60.7 -7.3 5.3
1998 SLN MLB 626 94 156 37 1 31 105 86 151 26 5 .293 .391 .540 .248 .313 56.3 -5.7 5.0
1999 SLN MLB 476 77 129 32 1 15 63 49 110 14 4 .306 .380 .493 .187 .294 30.8 7.3 3.6
2000 SLN MLB 472 73 99 16 3 26 65 70 148 5 6 .253 .367 .508 .255 .282 25.7 -6.3 1.8
2001 SLN MLB 314 38 62 18 3 15 39 44 105 4 2 .235 .345 .496 .261 .270 8.5 0.2 0.9
2001 SDN MLB 145 20 36 10 1 4 19 18 40 6 0 .288 .386 .480 .192 .296 9.9 -1.7 0.8
2002 SDN MLB 240 20 46 7 1 6 26 30 61 2 2 .224 .326 .356 .132 .252 -1.9 2.8 0.1
2004 MEM AAA 38 5 7 0 0 3 5 3 10 0 0 .212 .289 .485 .273 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLN MLB 235 36 51 14 1 6 22 29 55 2 2 .255 .349 .425 .170 .280 8.0 1.5 0.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2004-07-22 2004-09-01 15-DL 41 37 Left Wrist Soreness -
2002-04-04 2002-09-10 60-DL 159 141 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
1999-03-26 1999-04-24 15-DL 29 15 Left Knee Recovery From Surgery - -
1998-11-15 1998-11-15 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Date Is Estimated 1999-11-15 -
1997-04-01 1997-04-22 15-DL 21 17 - Shoulder Recovery From Surgery - -
1993-06-24 1993-07-09 15-DL 15 14 Right Wrist Soreness - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 SLN $650,000
2002 SDN $8,100,000
2001 SLN, SDN $8,100,000
2000 SLN $7,600,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$24,450,000
4 yrTotal$24,450,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 44 d1 yr/$0.65M (04)

Details
  • contract purchased 4/04 signed as a free agent from SD 1/04 (minor-league contract)
  • SD declined 03 option 10/02 acquired in trade from STL 8/01
  • 5 year/$34M (98-02)+03 club option
  • 02:$7.6M, 03:$7.5M option with $1M buyout

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-04-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of ceiling do you predict for Brett Jackson (CF) of the Cubs' system? I've heard predictions ranging from Drew Stubbs to Ray Lankford. Does he have All-Star potential in center, or should I be concerned about his woefully high strikeout rate?
(Britt from New York, NY)
The strikeout rate is definitely a concern, but he has enough secondary skills to be valuable even as a .250 hitter. Drew Stubbs seems an inapt comparison because so much of Stubbs' value is tied to his outstanding defense. The big question for me is whether he can stick in center. If Jackson has to move to right, that would obviously put more pressure on his bat, and might only make him a second-division type. (Daniel Rathman)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'd call this good news for Bert. I was worried he'd stagnate around 62%. do you have the % of the vote for Edgar, Raines and Barry? They don't have it on espn.com. Thanks.
(collins from greenville nc)
539 ballots, five blanks, Andre Dawson 420 (77.9%), Bert Blyleven 400 (74.2%), Roberto Alomar 397 (73.7%), Jack Morris 282 (52.3%), Barry Larkin 278 (51.6%), Lee Smith 255 (47.3%), Edgar Martinez 195 (36.2%), Tim Raines 164 (30.4%), Mark McGwire 128 (23.7%), Alan Trammell 121 (22.4%), Fred McGriff 116 (21.5%), Don Mattingly 87 (16.1%), Dave Parker 82 (15.2%), Dale Murphy 63 (11.7%), Harold Baines 33 (6.1%), Andres Galarraga 22 (4.1%), Robin Ventura 7 (1.3%), Ellis Burks 2 (0.4%), Eric Karros 2 (0.4%), Kevin Appier 1 (0.2%), Pat Hentgen 1 (0.2%), David Segui 1 (0.2%), Mike Jackson 0, Ray Lankford 0, Shane Reynolds 0, Todd Zeile 0.

Segui gets his vote. Baines remains on life support thanks to the persistence of a stubborn few. Karros receives more votes than he had All-Star appearances. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)A softball to get you started: Who would be on your Hall of Fame ballot this year?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Holdovers: Tim Raines, Bert Blyleven and Mark McGwire. For newbies, Barry Larkin and maybe Robbie Alomar, though I'm iffy enough on that one that I don't even remember if I'm for or against him at present. Just as a "I liked this guy, and I want to vote for him" kind of deal, and not because I think they should get in, I would toss a vote to Robin Ventura and Ellis Burks.

The good news is that Ray Lankford is finally on the ballot, so if he doesn't get 5% of the vote I can see if I can get him to write a foreword for "The Ray Lankford Wing of the Hall of Fame: Book Edition" without him feeling snubbed someday. (Marc Normandin)


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